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Our Certified Coaches

Salmon Bay Paddle is the leading provider of personalized one on one and small group stand up paddle board (SUP), kayak and surf ski lessons in the Pacific Northwest.  Meet my certified coaches!

Rob Casey

Rob Casey

Rob is the owner of Salmon Bay Paddle which he started in 2010. He took his first sea kayaking class in 1999 and soon got addicted to surf kayaking, kayak touring and whitewater kayaking. He began to focus on SUP in 2007. He’s the author of “Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers” and “Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans” both for Mountaineers Books. In 2013, he founded (PSUPA) Professional Stand Up Paddle Association.  He also contributes paddling articles to several publications. When not teaching, he loves to freighter and coastal surf his 16′ Splinter SUP and surf ski!  He lives in Ballard.

Scott Dahlquist

Scott Dahlquist

Scott is comfortable on both kayak and SUP and has the L4 kayak certification with ACA.  A recent transplant from San Diego, Scott loves to teach navigation, kayak rolling, sea kayak surfing and exploring Puget Sound. He also teaches skiing, snow snowshoeing and mountain biking with a local outfitter. Scott is also on the Dagger Kayaks pro team.

Robert Nissenbaum

Robert Nissenbaum

An adventure seeker, Robert has paddled much of the Puget Sound, kayaking and camping year-round, navigating tidal currents, wind, rough water, and large, open-water crossings. He is an ACA certified instructor, member of Washington Kayak Club, and instructor with the North Sound Sea Kayaking Association. He is a member of Qajaq USA and holds the ACA Advanced Communications Instructor Endorsement and can work with students with vision impairment or blindness, hearing impairment, deafness and speech impairments. When not on the water, he’s looking out to it writing from his home off Poverty Bay in Des Moines, WA.

Suzanne Westcott

Suzanne Westcott

Suzanne has been standup paddle boarding for 8 years, mainly in NW Washington coastal waters.  As the daughter of a fisherman from Rhode Island, she prefers being on the water to being on shore.  She works at an elementary school teaching students with special needs and believes anyone can learn to paddle if they are motivated and encouraged.   When not paddling, Suzanne can be found hanging out with her daughter, gardening, cleaning beaches or planning the next adventure; she’ll do anything to avoid cooking.

Harry Oesterreicher

Harry Oesterreicher

Harry has been paddling since the summer of 2015 on flat-water, rivers, tidal waterways, and industrial waterways. He brought an inflatable SUP to Europe and toured the Danube and Spree rivers in Germany, and the Moldau in Czech Republic. He volunteers for the Washington Water Trails Association and is the Treasurer for the Ballard Elks Paddling Club. Harry has completed the Seventy48 (70 mile race Tacoma to PT) twice.

Brice Howard

Brice Howard

Brice will be leading our SUP river trips. Brice has been rowing on rivers and in open water since 2008, and has been paddle boarding rivers since 2016. He also has worked as a whitewater raft guide and has training in swift water rescue.  Currently, he can be found paddling year round at Jetty Island or on class 2-3 whitewater sections of the Skagit, Sauk, and Wenatchee rivers.

Marius Lina

Marius Lina

Marius owned and operated a popular sup and kayak school in New Zealand before moving to the PNW.  He also coached surf ski and sup and competed in paddle board races nationally and internationally for many years. Marius is a top racer in the Seattle area.

Koichi Kitazumi

Koichi Kitazumi

Koichi helped start dragon boat racing in Seattle in 1996 and has been an avid paddler and coach to all ages ever since.  Now entering his 4th season as a SUP instructor, Koichi teaches SUP to all ages in all bodies of water.  He also kayaks and outrigger canoes through the winter months to stay active.  When not on the water, Koichi hangs out with his wife, kid and 2 dogs while drinking lots of coffee.

Joe McColskey

Joe McColskey

Originally a Japanese teacher at Ballard High, Joe made a life change to becoming a personal trainer and now works for Seattle Athletic Club and takes personal clients at his business, Move Strong with Joe.  One of Rob’s first students, we saw how SUP transformed Joe’s life helping him get into shape doing something he loves.  When not keeping us in shape, Joe can be seen surfing boat wakes on Salmon Bay.

Alex Vaughan

Alex Vaughan

Alex started paddling when SUP started in the PNW.  He has shaped several SUPs and is a regular at many of the local races. In 2018, he completed the Seventy48 race under 30 hours.  He also loves to downwind, paddle Deception Pass and surf.  He works for Pirosky’s as a bakery manager.  On his free time, he likes to paddle to Golden Gardens for ice cream!

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